Who Watches the (little details in) Watchmen?

I just saw the new hardcover edition of Watchmen on Forbidden Planet and commented that I didn’t think much of the artwork: the expression on Sally’s Laurie’s face, nippleless Jon, assymetrical Rorschach and Veidt with a mullet. Then I looked again and noticed something:


It’s only the most important motif of the book!
Was this artwork a rush job? It is apparently a new cover by Gibbons, but I wonder if he did the pencils and then passed it on for inking. How could Gibbons forget the smiley?

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